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Business Travel

In today's global economy business travel to other countries is often essential. It is vital to be aware of potentially hostile situations that could arise while on business abroad and to protect yourself from risks as much as possible. The best way to keep safe is by using common sense, staying alert and aware of threats to your personal security. Check for any travel warnings or travel alerts before you embark on your trip.

Before you travel ensure that your passport is up to date and valid, it is not advisable to travel on a passport that is due to expire within a short period of time.

Keep a photocopy of your passport in your checked baggage and also at home, this will make it easier to apply for a replacement passport should it become lost or stolen.

Check if a visa is required for the country you will be visiting, you will need to apply for a work or business visa as a tourist visa will not be acceptable. Make sure all the information you provide on your visa application is correct, inconsistencies could cause you a lot of trouble.

If you require medication while you are away on business check that you have enough for your entire trip, and keep a copy of your prescription in case you need to have it replaced.

It is advisable to have travel vaccinations before you travel, each country will have different vaccination requirements.

Ensure you have adequate travel and health insurance for the length of your visit, check your policy covers you for loss, theft, hospital stays and cancellation or curtailment of your trip.

Keep your personal belongings, briefcase and sensitive business documents in a safe place and only take the amount of money you need for the day or evening with you.

Don't draw undue attention to yourself by wearing expensive jewellery or watches.

Limit the amount of valuables you take out with you including cameras, laptops or iPhones.

Before booking your accommodation ask for a list of recommended hotels for the country or area you will be staying in.

When travelling from the airport to your hotel it is advisable to pre-book a taxi with a reputable company, never get into an unlicensed cab.

Alternatively, if you are using the airport parking facilities at any one of the UK airports such as Gatwick airport parking, Heathrow airport parking or Manchester airport parking ensure that you do not leave valuables, including a GPS, in your car.

If you book a hire car avoid parking in unlit alleyways and never leave valuable items in plain sight.

Lock your passport and other valuable inside the hotel safe when you go out for business meetings.

When using public transportation in a foreign country be aware pickpockets and thieves may operate in the area, keep a close eye on your luggage and personal belongings.

Never accept or deliver packages or letters for anyone you do not know personally.

Before you travel find out where the nearest British Embassy or consulate is in the event you need to contact them for advice or assistance while you are away on business.

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